Boeing overhauling Macon plant for new role

Boeing plans to convert a military aircraft parts plant near Macon into one that will assemble fuselage panels for an airliner, creating up to 200 jobs.

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The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority said Thursday that the $81.7 million retrofit will occur over three years. When work is finished the 25-year-old plant will make fuselage panels for the 747-8, a third-generation version of Boeing’s iconic jumbo jet.

The retooling will include upgrades to buildings and existing equipment as well as installation of new equipment, the authority said.

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Be sure to install lots of new robots to keep costs down.